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Jerry Emert

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Slide Floor Rot
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:43:57 PM »
Wife decided to clean under the recliner since we are home base. Found soggy carpet, YAY!!  Seems like a good candidate for the guardian plates from Chris Throgmorton at Talon but would rather tackle myself if possible. I’m a little more confident with non-greasy motor home parts.  Going to try to post pics but you know how that goes. Looking for any advice or words of wisdom. The only specific question I have is how involved is it going to be to remove that angled aluminum piece on the outside bottom of the slide?  Don’t want to have to pull the slide to fix a screw up.  Don’t want to use guardian if I don’t have to.  Thanks for your experience and insight!
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« Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 01:37:10 AM by Jerry Emert »
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Mike Shumack

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Re: Slide Floor Rot
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 08:04:15 PM »
Jerry, it looks to me from that first picture that the edge is too far gone to do anything but replace wood.

Maybe the picture is misleading. But if that is "rot" at the edge of the slide your going to need to replace it. 
You may be able to just put some angle-iron/plate over it, but that will just postpone the repair until a later date. IMO
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Re: Slide Floor Rot
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 10:39:08 PM »
You have to find where the leak is and repair it before repairing the damaged flooring. It is a good chance that the leak is from the window or where the slide roof mates to the wall. The rv companies used the cheapest material they could. I have seen where the caulking is totally missed in spots around the window frames and the roof wall joints. The in side of the wall will be wet as well and may be damaged. The moisture runs down between the foam insulation and the wood of the inside wall. Removing the aluminum angle on the out side of the slide probably wont fix the problem. It is generally better to do the work from the in side and try to keep the fiberglass on the outside in tack and keep it from bubbling. You may have to remove some of the flooring and replay it as well.
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Mike Shumack

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Re: Slide Floor Rot
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 03:30:39 PM »

 Seems like a good candidate for the guardian plates from Chris Throgmorton at Talon but would rather tackle myself if possible.

I’m a little more confident with non-greasy motor home parts. 

The only specific question I have is how involved is it going to be to remove that angled aluminum piece on the outside bottom of the slide?  Don’t want to have to pull the slide to fix a screw up.  Don’t want to use guardian if I don’t have to.

Jerry

Hey Jerry, if you need help with this let me know.

From what I have read, the corner angle can be removed by drilling out the visible rivets (there should be none behind the seal area).  The Guardian plate (or similar plate) would work to cover up the damage as long as the plate extends far enough to reach solid wood. I have some two-part wood epoxy for repairing rotting wood (I bought to use on my home's soffit, but never did) your welcome to it if you want to try and coat the wood before covering.

What is your objection to using the Guardian plate (cost)? If you are going to install anything in the corner I suggest it be stainless steel.  I bought form this place before https://www.discountsteel.com/items/Stainless_Steel_Sheet_304_2B.cfm
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Re: Slide Floor Rot
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 05:48:00 PM »

 Seems like a good candidate for the guardian plates from Chris Throgmorton at Talon but would rather tackle myself if possible.

I’m a little more confident with non-greasy motor home parts. 

The only specific question I have is how involved is it going to be to remove that angled aluminum piece on the outside bottom of the slide?  Don’t want to have to pull the slide to fix a screw up.  Don’t want to use guardian if I don’t have to.

Jerry

Hey Jerry, if you need help with this let me know.

From what I have read, the corner angle can be removed by drilling out the visible rivets (there should be none behind the seal area).  The Guardian plate (or similar plate) would work to cover up the damage as long as the plate extends far enough to reach solid wood. I have some two-part wood epoxy for repairing rotting wood (I bought to use on my home's soffit, but never did) your welcome to it if you want to try and coat the wood before covering.

What is your objection to using the Guardian plate (cost)? If you are going to install anything in the corner I suggest it be stainless steel.  I bought form this place before https://www.discountsteel.com/items/Stainless_Steel_Sheet_304_2B.cfm
Thanks Mike.  My objection to Guardian was just the cost for them to do the job.  This doesn't look that difficult.  I was just cautious of what I don't know!  I have some wood hardener that I used once before on a small rotted spot that I plan to use again.  I probably won't start for a few days. 
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Re: Slide Floor Rot
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 07:20:55 PM »
You can buy the Guardian plates from Talin and install them yourself if you can't find suitable material elsewhere.
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